After shortstop Bo Bichette corralled a Hicks grounder deep in the hole and lost his footing with two outs in the second, he attempted to throw the runner out, but ended up skipping the toss in the general direction of first base.
Guerrero Jr. nabbed it, but too late to record the out — and, unfortunately, right on time to put himself in the line of fire.
In an attempt to steady himself, the 2021 MVP placed his hand directly into the path of Hicks’ stride, and when the dust settled, one finger on his right hand was a bloody mess, massacred by a metal cleat.
Somehow, some way, Guerrero Jr. stayed in the game, despite this direct hit:
Yankees’ Aaron Hicks stomped on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s finger
Would you like to see a closeup? Of course you wouldn’t.
But you’ll scroll anyway.
Believe it or not (of course you can believe it), Guerrero Jr. got his revenge immediately, because this is a Yankees game.
With two outs in the third, Gerrit Cole allowed a double into the gap off the bat of Bo Bichette, giving Guerrero Jr. the chance to absolutely destroy a two-run home run into the left-field bullpen despite actively missing the use of one of his fingers.
I mean … just look at this! Under 10 minutes after this digit was split, Guerrero was tomahawking a 99 MPH fastball in off the plate out of the ballpark.
Nothing Cole can do about that, but … also … shouldn’t he be able to do something about that?!
Hitting that pitch with that exit velocity with nine fingers should not be physically possible. Alas … Yankees rivals getting the last laugh. They always find a way.
What a painfully obvious, yet nearly physically impossible, outcome.